Can you believe we're halfway through the year already? Everyone seemed to like our three faves in June, so we're excited to continue the theme in July. Have a fun summer!

1. It's hard to have a healthy relationship with your body when it is literally trying to kill you

"Desirability does not define me, strength does." – Lindsay Washburn

Lindsay was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was 18. She said her body was damaged on the inside, so she felt more pressure to look attractive on the outside. Accepting an ileostomy wasn't easy, but she realized an ostomy helps keep her healthy.

2. The one song that makes me feel proud of my surgery scars

girl listening music headphones

"There are no scars to my beautiful." – Tina Aswani Omprakash 

Listening to music isn’t just soothing, it also helps people heal and cope with chronic illness. “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara was a song that helped Tina was able to move past the never-ending list of health issues that she faces daily.

3. Some final thoughts on the morning of permanent, life-changing surgery

"I am scared and anxious." – Laura Zappulla

Laura read through her journal and found an entry from the day before getting a permanent ileostomy on September 24, 2013. This post is what was going through her head literally hours before surgery.

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